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After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

It’s no secret…I love my job. It’s also no secret that I love my time “after the job.” LOL

I try to do a little bit of everything when it comes to after work activities…except going to the movies as some of you may know. 🙂 I like trying different workout classes, walking/biking around my neighborhood, volunteering and…COOKING AND EATING!

One of my absolutely favorite things to do is cook. I’m one of those silly people that like food prepping for the week, which includes chopping vegetables for for my daily salads/egg scrambles, roasting or grilling unique cuts of meat, or anything in between! It’s safe to say that I’m DEFINITELY NOT someone safe to take to a grocery store or farmer’s market.

The unfortunate thing is that a fun cooking past time makes you want to only watch Food Network and buy anything and everything they use to cook…because, you know…I’m becoming a professional chef!

I’ve tried to curb my purchases regarding my hobby, but sometimes it just gets away from me – a dutch oven here, a lemon zester there or the various different kinds of colanders one has to have.

So, what is your favorite after work activity? Are you an avid gym-goer? Do you like mid-week matinees? Do you have your own paint easel set-up in your living room (talking to you, Eloiza!) or do you prefer the quit enjoyment of getting home, relaxing on the couch and binge watching your favorite show? Maybe even reading a book?!

I thoroughly believe you have to have something that isn’t work related for your “me time.” It makes you happy to get to your past time and happy to get back to work! So…what’s yours?

Wine Pairings for Busy Parents (and aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and people who just like wine and kids’ snacks)

Wine Pairings for Busy Parents (and aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and people who just like wine and kids’ snacks)

It is back to school and that means things get a little crazy as we get back into the swing of things. Emily, Ryan and Tracy’s kids are back in class, Sarah is on nephew pickup duty, and at the end of the day, despite our best efforts to go low-cal, low-carb and healthy, all of us are at home grabbing leftover chicken nuggets and mac and cheese for dinner with the kids when in a rush.

Now you know, usually we grab a beer from Concrete Beach Brewery to go with it (there is nothing like a McDonald’s Cheeseburger Happy Meal and a Havana Lager – for real), but the good folks at Personal Creations have done some recon work and figured out the best wines to go with those leftovers to class things up a bit. Take a look at their research below. It’s awesome, Thanks for sharing Personal Creations!

The Best Wine Pairings for When You Eat Your Kids’ Leftovers

It’s the end of the day and your kids are asleep but, as usual, they have failed to finish their entire dinner. Why not turn what’s left into a gourmet dinner for you? Paired with a fancy wine, your kids’ leftovers will make for a classy dinner that parents can enjoy. Don’t worry if you’re not a wine snob; Personal Creations has done the research for you, including the temperature at which your wine bottles should be stored.

White Wines

White wines should be refrigerated before drinking. Typically, white wines pair with lighter fare such as fish, cheese, chicken, and hummus. Try the following pairings the next time you have leftovers on hand:

Pinot Grigio and Fish Sticks: The most popular white wine in Italy, pinot grigio is dry – meaning that it doesn’t have much residual sugar content after the fermentation process and goes with most foods.

Chardonnay and Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Chardonnay is a popular white wine in the United States and, as with most white wines, is served chilled. Chardonnay pairs well with leftover grilled cheese sandwiches or mac and cheese.  

Red Wines

Unlike white wines, red wines are typically served at room temperature, so if you don’t have time to chill your wine for a snack, try the following red wine and snack pairings:

Merlot and Hot Dog: Merlot has a high amount of tannins, which give it a complex flavor that pairs well with hot dogs or other hearty leftovers.

Pinot Noir and Cheese Crackers: Pinot noir is lighter in flavor than other red wines.  It can also be stored at room temperature, which is convenient, and makes an excellent wine to pair with cheese crackers (or cheese and crackers).

Are you more of a beer fan than a wine enthusiast? Try a lager with buttered pasta, a porter with string cheese, or fruit snacks and Belgian strong ale. Check out many more wine and beer pairings for kids’ leftovers at Personal Creations.

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

It’s time for a celebration this week! Independence Day is this Wednesday – in the middle of a workweek. I think it’s kind of nice to have a mid-week break from a regular work week…two days to hit it hard, a break and then two more days to get things done. But what do you think? Would you rather have a long weekend to celebrate the holiday or do you also like the idea of a mid-week break?

4th of July Activities

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays…mainly because it’s in the Summer – my favorite season. I think you all know by now that I’m a big beach and pool person. If I could go everyday, all day I would! So you can bet that’s where I’ll be on Wednesday!

I like to do a lot on Independence Day to really celebrate being independent. Some of the additional activities I like to include:

  • kayaking/paddle boarding
  • grilling out with neighbors and friends
  • dressing up in my favorite red, white and blue clothes/bathing suits
  • watching fireworks from the roof

What do you have planned to celebrate Independence Day?

Wanderlust Worker – Top 5 Must Have Items for Remote Working

Wanderlust Worker – Top 5 Must Have Items for Remote Working

Last week Sarah wrote a post about taking advantage of the beautiful South Florida weather, and she’s right. We have the type of career that allows us the ability to take our job on the road between events and meetings, and we simply don’t do enough of that. One of my goals this year has been to travel more and after my honeymoon in January and some local exploration in, we are off to a great start with more trips planned throughout the year. In order to do things right, to be a true “Wanderlust Worker”, you need the correct set-up. Here are my top 5 MUST HAVE items for working while away.

1. Make sure every document you need is on Google Drive and Dropbox. There are many other file sharing programs, but the traveling team here at Mugsy exists on the ability to access files from any device at any time and these programs are our choice to make that easy possible, especially when combined with Trello.

2.  Lightweight devices make this lifestyle possible as well, particularly those with built in, amazing cameras like the iPhone X. I do most of my work from a phone while traveling, and Sarah does hers from her iPad. When traveling for an extended period we both bring our laptops as well, but having lighter devices certainly helps our shoulders, backs, arms and overall packing purposes!

3. You may have found accommodations with WiFi, but that doesn’t mean that you are going to want to work confined in that space any more than you’d want to work in your own home’s four walls all the time. Find the best place with WiFi near you to get out, experience local culture, meet new people (if you want, or just enjoy some coffee while you work) and get stuff done with PlacesToWork.

4.  Lifewire did some research on the Best Wireless Travel Routers so I will leave the deep info to their experts and you can check out their link, but I highly recommend picking one up so that you do have the fastest possible WiFi connection for remote work. Nothing will deter you from working on the road than a dial-up speed connection or being stuck in one small space with the world to see outside.

5.  Finally, none of this works at all without an amazing power bank. If your devices die, so does your business. I carry three when traveling so I can rotate charging them, and I even have a back up battery tiny keychain for quick phone emergencies. While the point of traveling is to disconnect, having the choice to do so, and not the obligation because of a dead battery, makes all the difference.

What else would you add to the list? Comment and link me to your top picks!

Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home

Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home

It’s been over 5 years now that i’ve pretty much been working from home. I can’t even imagine going back into an “office setting” – no matter how open-concept or work/fun balance it may be. Obviously, you have to get into the grove of the work-from-home lifestyle and routine. I myself am more of a morning worker starting at around 6 or 7am. It’s so awesome! It feels like you’re cheating on the world…getting work done while others are still sleeping. (Granted the same is true for night owls like my biz partner Emily!)

One thing that has significantly changed since going from a regular office to working from home is my “background noise” that keeps me company during the day.

It may sound crazy, but it’s become a very important part of my day. I obviously stay informed on what’s going on in the world and I get great ideas for clients. TV doesn’t always have to be the enemy…it can be a very useful tool. Take a look at my TV day during work below!

Breakdown of my Work Day – TV Style

  • 6 – 9am: Today Show / local news
  • 9am – 12pm: Netflix / recorded shows from the night before
  • 12 – 1pm: Local news yet again
  • 1 – 2pm: The Chew (which I won’t be watching much longer since they’re being cancelled – another blog post for another time)
  • 2 – 4pm: Combination of Food Network and HGTV (depending on the day)
  • 4 – 6pm: Local news for the last time before making dinner

Obviously there are variations of my TV/work day, but for the most part that’s what’s on in the background keeping me company and inspiring me throughout the day!